Contract update: Alex Iwobi on the verge of signing new Arsenal deal

Nigeria international Alex Iwobi is reportedly on the verge of penning a new long-term contract with Arsenal. The 22-year-old has managed to rack nearly 100 appearances for the north London club since making his debut during the 2015/16 season.

A recent report from Il Messaggero suggested that Iwobi could be heading through the Emirates exit door with Serie A side Lazio open to matching his £22m valuation during the ongoing transfer window.

However, The Mirror has since dismissed the speculation by suggesting that the Nigerian has already agreed terms over a fresh four-year contract with the promise of a hike on his current wages.

Since the start of 2018, the Gunners have shown a keen emphasis on extending the contracts of key and upcoming players and Iwobi could join the exclusive list by committing his long-term future to the club.

Aside from Iwobi, the likes of Mesut Ozil, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have penned contract extensions but there remains the doubt over Aaron Ramsey’s future at the Emirates.

Ramsey, who has been touted to become a future club-captain by the fans, has yet to finalise a new contract with the Gunners with his existing deal due to expire at the end of next season.

Gunners boss Unai Emery has already spoken about the importance of the Welshman to his plans but a prolonged contract standoff may witness the midfielder being sold before next month’s transfer deadline.

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